Painters #823

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logoInternational Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local #823 was chartered in 1902 as a Painter and Paper Hanger union. Today the local group has 275 members and includes Drywall Finishers, Glaziers and Soft-Floor Layers. Besides earning a higher wage than non-union workers, members receive employer-paid family health care coverage and employer-paid pension benefits. Members also can take advantage of several Journeyman-Upgrade trainings as well as Apprenticeship Training for individuals interested in one of the trades represented by the group. The Apprenticeship Training program is accredited by Marshall University and eligible for credit towards an associate’s degree. The International Union also offers paid continuing education for all members as long as the member is willing to continue their service to the local once they have completed their education.

Competitive Difference
Members continue to receive journeyman upgrade training on a regular basis – not just when they need it for a particular job – which means contractors are getting workers who are up-to-date with the latest tools and technologies. If a contractor is considering using union labor, they can contact Local #823 to arrange a trial period. If they decide to hire union labor, all that’s required is that they pay the workers their hourly scale plus benefits when they employ them. This trial period gives contractors the opportunity to see the union labor difference.